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Monument Number 443262

Hob Uid: 443262
Location :
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6124073560
Summary : Cist
More information : (SX 61247356) Cist (NR) (1)

At SX 61247355, on a slight north-west slope at 372m. OD. is the
remains of a possible cist. Only two boulders are visible (the
coverstone and the eastern side stone) and the remainder, one side
stone and one end stone (implied by touch). The open-ended box,
1.0m. by 0.5m. and 0.3m. deep lies within an irregular shaped peaty
mound 4.5m. by 7.8m. and 0.5m. high, possibly a peated up cairn.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500 for AO records. (See
SX 67 SW 19). (2)

Worth (3) assigns Blackey Tor to the large outcrop N of the cairn. On a Duchy map (4) it is called Courton Tor and Blacka Tor is applied to the present Royal Hill, bereft of any major outcrop. (3-4)

SX 61247354. The remains of this cairn and cist are situated on a slight NW slope of a rounded high point (to the S of Courton Tor) at 372m OD; there are extensive views on all but the S side. It lies amidst a scattered spread of large natural earthfast boulders on a rather unevan peat layer covered by close cropped moorland pasture.

The cairn measures c. 4.2m by 3.9m and is up to 0.45m high; (although the perimeter is now ill-defined the mound is not 7.8m across as stated by Attrill). Stones protrude through the turf and there is an irregular ? upcast mound on the top; no kerb can be seen.

The incomplete cist is oriented NW-SE. It measures about 0.85m long, 0.4m to 0.55m wide and 0.25m deep internally. The upright W side slab is 0.9m by 0.2m by 0.25m and the surviving end slab is 0.4m by 0.2m by 0.25m. The E side is formed by a flat-sided boulder which is c. 1.1m long, at least 0.6m thick and 0.25m high. The SE side is open. The coverstone is 1.7m by 0.7m by 0.4m and leans against the W side of the cist. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 04-FEB-80
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Source Number : 3
Source details : Worth R H, 1967 edition, Dartmoor, David and Charles, Newton Abbot, pp 173, 458
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Source Number : 4
Source details : Duchy of Cornwall, 1818, Map of Freehold and Early Enclosures of Dartmoor, Duchy Records Office, London
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MJF 1-FEB-89
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Cist
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SW 11
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SW 10
Start Date : 1980-02-04
End Date : 1980-02-04
Associated Activities : RCHME: DUCHY FARMS PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1987-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31